Formula D Asia

2014 Drift Muscle in Japan [SCHEDULE]

The 2014 Drift Muscle schedule seems to be all the more exciting to the world drifting stage as Formula Drift sets to release a schedule with MSC next month. The Drift Muscle schedule is full of American Formula Drift conflicts meaning that they will most likely avoid conflicts with the MSC / Formula Drift collaboration series. Also, no driver is going to be running a full season in either of these for 2014. They have 3 Formula Drift conflicts and one D1GP event conflict in this 8 event schedule:

Round 1: Nikko Circuit (March 8/9)
Round 2: Maze Circuit (April 12/13)
Round 3: Sports Land Sugo (May 17/18)
Round 4: Honjo Circuit (June 21/22)
Round 5: Tsukuba Circuit (July 26/27)
Round 6: Maze Circuit (September 13/14)
Round 7: Fuji Speedway (October 25/26)
Round 8: Nikko Circuit (November 29/30)

 

Complete Drift Calendar Here: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-a-drift-event/

Formula Drift Asia Returns to Thailand in January 2014

Formula Drift Asia is set for a big return to Thailand at the Pathum Thani Speedway over the January 18/19th weekend. They have a big partner teamed up for 2014 with  Grand Prix International Co., Ltd (GPI), which owns the Bangkok International Motor Show, several motorsport events, a host of magazines such as Grand Prix and XO Autosport, as well as television channel Grand Prix Channel.

This event will mark the end of the 2013 season and the start of the 2014 season which we are guessing will happen in the form of a back to back race event weekend. This Thailand event is happening at the expense of losing the Indonesia round which was slated for December 2013. Thailand is slated to have Daigo Saito, Fredric Aasbo, Robbie Nishida, Ken Gushi, Josh Boettcher, and Tengku Djan all in attendance.

Marcus Lim, Co-Founder of Formula Drift Asia, “We are excited to return to the Thailand market, after three years of absence, and we look forward to coming back to Indonesia in the near future. 2013 also marks the end of a fruitful chapter with Achilles as the title sponsor of the Asia series. We look forward to welcoming new partners to the fold as we move on to a combined platform globally. The integration of operations with the US side will give us better strategic alignment for the development of the sport in Asia. ”

2013 Formula Drift Asia Round 2 in Malaysia – The Daigo Streak is Dead [RESULTS]

For those of you that don’t follow the FD Asia series it has long been dominated by Daigo Saito. In fact, he hasn’t lost in years in the series. Finishing in first all through last season and a large chuck of the one before. We have lost count in his win streak but it could best be described as impressive. He only made one qualifying pass to get into the show with his team showing fears his engine would blow. What a wild weekend in Malaysia. Here is how they finished:

1. S. Westlake
2. Tom Monkhouse
3. Ken Gushi

Congratulations to S Westlake, ‘Turbo’ Tom Monkhouse and Ken ‘The Gush’ Gushi for coming in first, second and third respectively.

Fredric Aasbo Returns to FD Asia for Round 2 in Malaysia

Fredric Aasbo made a big splash with the debut of this NASCAR powered Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S in American terms) at the Australia round of Formula Drift Asia earlier this year. The rumor was he would rotate the seat with Max Orido but he announced earlier this week he is hopping in the car for Round 2. Can Fredric Aasbo be the one this weekend to finally dethrone Daigo Saito of his domination in the FD Asia series? Tune in this weekend to find out.

Masao Suenaga Heading to Formula Drift Asia

Former D1GP driver Masao Suenaga is heading to Formula Drift Asia with Team Overdrive and supported by GT Radial. Suenaga has been a staple in D1GP since making his debut in 2002 with a Toyota Corolla. He also has spent some years with a PS13 and his most successful seasons with the RE Amemiya in a Mazda Rx-7 with a second place season finish in 2005. This just comes as another mark of the D1GP export into the Formula Drift Asia series.

Have $10,500 and Wish to Run Formula Drift Asia? You Are in Luck

Tengku Djan has been unable to sell his 180sx so he is putting it up for rent in the Formula Drift Asia event in Malaysia. The event takes place on August 31st/September 1st event and the high rental price tag does come with the vehicle and two crew members to make it through the weekend. The 180sx is equipped with a SR22DET making 460whp with a dogbox.

Car has been shelved since the 2011 Thailand All-Star drift event with the Redbull Thailand team and took home the driver and team championship. The car was rebuilt and refreshed after the championship and ready to run a FD Asia weekend. The rental tag price for one weekend is $10,500 exclusing stickers, tires, and damage.

Max Orido Says Formula Drift is Better Than D1GP – Poised for Possible Return

Dai Yoshihara’s web series Behind the Smoke went to southeast Asia in the last episode to the Sepang F1 track and interviewed Max Orido who is currently piloting a V8 powered Toyota FT-86 in D1 and also running a FT-86 with a NASCAR engine in FD Asia. This is a translation from their Japanese interview on the last episode of Behind the Smoke.

 

Dai Yoshihara – “Difference between FD and D1?”
Max Orido- Hmmmm, I think Formula D is beter at entertaining the event goers. Just looking at the schedule of events, you can tell it’s structured to entertain the fans.

Dai – “In 2008 you competed in Formula D, any possibility you would come back to compete in the US?
Max – I’d like to challenge one more time. I’m starting to prepare my entry next year. I have my racing here so I can’t do all of the events but I’d like to challenge one more time. I just like the atmosphere at Formula Drift. I have friends now in FD so I just want to get out to experience it one more time.

 

Watch just the interview: http://youtu.be/Fz4S04MycYc?t=5m26s

A quick Formula D Asia @ Melbourne video has surfaced [VIDEO]

A brief but well put together video from MLC Productions came to us today. This is the first real chance we’ve had to see what the track looked like, and it looks like a fun and smokey layout. Although Daigo Saito earned his umpteenth-straight victory in FD Asia, several drivers gave him a run for his money in the process.

Watch the video HERE

2013 Formula Drift Asia Round 1 – Melbourne, Australia [GALLERY]





While we covered the ADGP exhibition round with Andrew Hawkins he also stayed for the Formula Drift Asia Round 1 in Melbourne, Australia. The event saw Robbie Nishida, Fredric Aasbo, Daigo Saito, and Mad Mike just to name a few familiar faces in the series. Here is a complete gallery of the action showing Daigo Saito dismiss everyone resulting in another win which keeps his win streak alive. Follow the link below to see all the action.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=333

2013 Formula Drift Asia Round 1 – Australia [RESULTS]

Daigo Saito strolled into Australia with his Achilles Lexus IS and took home another victory in the Formula Drift Asia series. If only life was this easy in America where he was eliminated after being knocked out early by Fredric Aasbo. This continues his reign of victories in Asia and puts him on a road to three-peat the championship. Here is how the top four finished:

1. Daigo Saito (Japan)
2. Tom Monkhouse (Australian)
3. Josh Boettcher (Australian)
4. Fredric Aasbo (Norway)

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